As expected Apple make good on its promised Sept 19 release of the next generation operating system iOS 6 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.
- Third-party apps fill the gaps in iOS 6
- iFindViewer, StreetViewer apps
- Upgrades to Map imminent
As expected Apple make good on its promised Sept 19 release of the next generation operating system iOS 6 for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices. Now that users are getting their first taste of the more than 200 new features and improvements, including bug fixes, however, there is a growing discontent over the downgraded new mapping service.
With few notable features that Apple claims users will love in using its home-grown mapping application, here come some that do not improve the experience, such as the public transit and street view features, limited traffic data, and weak local search. In some countries and territories, some new mapping features integrated in the iOS 6 are also not yet available.
As hopes are high that Apple will finally update and bring the needed improvement to these feature peeves, the good news arrive in the form of third-party applications that are expected to fill the gap and bring these missing features in the users' Apple devices.
For users who are after bringing the glory of panoramic street view imagery that is formerly offered by Google, some free third-party apps are available to download. Some examples include the free iFindView
Those dependent to public transit feature of the Google Maps app can go and visit Google Transit
using their Safari browser. The mobile version of the app can be installed as a web app to the home screen. Then, there are also some third-party app to offer transit maps and service.
Minus Google’s data, the local search of the new Apple mapping service just feels downgraded as well. Yelp can assist but users may also find it helpful to install the Google+ Local App, the search giant’s former Google Places, to receive help when searching for data about restaurants, gas stations, and businesses, and more of the like.
With iOS 6, Apple has particularly made some feature trade-offs and omissions in response to existing applications and features that are complained either outdated or weak in providing better user experience.
Apple has overhauled its maps application from scratch, its first time since the iPhone launched in 2007 to replace the former mapping service made by Apple that is powered by Google.